Community Conversations is a series of public forums, presented by the UGA College of Public Health, that focus on public health topics as they arise.  These events, which are free and open to the public, are held in George Hall on the UGA Health Sciences Campus.

Let us know what public health topics interest you… A list of our past events can be found below, but suggestions for future topics are welcome. Please contact the CPH Office for Outreach, Engagement & Equity and let us know what public health issues matter to you.

Past Conversations

A Conversation about Ebola - Sept. 25, 2014

In Fall 2014 as questions arose about the Ebola outbreaks in Africa, and the focused increased on the treatment of some patients with the virus in Atlanta, the College of Public Health and Athens Regional Health System (now Piedmont Athens Regional), partnered for their first Community Conversation addressing questions about the infectious disease and any potential local impacts.

The forum included a panel of UGA faculty members with expertise in the fields of clinical infectious diseases, public health policy, epidemiology, veterinary science and disease transmission modeling, as well as an emergency room response physician from Athens Regional to address treatment protocols for Ebola.

The aim of the event was to educate the public about how the disease spreads and the low risk of transmission in America, which has very different approaches to and resources for responding to any potential outbreak due to advanced medical care, sterilization practices, hydration and nutrition.

Expert panelists were:

  • Dr. Chris Whalen, UGA College of Public Health, clinical/epidemiological expert
  • Dr. Jeff Hogan, UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, veterinary expert
  • Dr. John Drake, UGA Odum School of Ecology, ecological expert
  • Dr. Kim Tomlinson, ARMC emergency room response physician
  • Dr. Phaedra Corso, UGA College of Public Health, health policy expert

Informational resources from the Ebola forum:

A Conversation about Vaccinations - Dec. 2, 2015

In December 2015, the College of Public Health and Athens Regional Health System hosted a public forum addressing questions and concerns surrounding recommended vaccinations.

Experts from UGA and Athens Regional explained the reasons and science behind vaccine use, address vaccination safety, and discuss the role vaccines have played in protecting the health of both individuals and communities from infectious disease outbreaks.

Panelists included:

  • Dr. José Cordero, Patel Distinguished Professor of Public Health, UGA College of Public Health
  • Dr. Karen Hilyard, assistant professor of health communications, UGA College of Public Health
  • Dr. Glen Nowak, director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication, UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Dr. Alan Glassman, pediatrician, ARMC and St. Mary’s Hospital

Informational resources on vaccinations: